Addiction causes problems not only for the addicts themselves, but for their entire family and group of loved ones. These problems can include divorce, domestic violence, financial hardships, and many more. Unfortunately, these problems will exist until the addict seeks help—or until the family cuts them off altogether. Forcing someone to enter rehab is harder than it sounds, but there are steps to take that may help that person reach the decision to seek treatment.
Family Drug Intervention
One of the best methods to get a loved one to accept treatment is to stage a family drug intervention. An alcohol or drug intervention consists of a group of individuals who are ready to confront an addicted person, in order to persuade them to seek professional help for their substance abuse.
To ensure the intervention is planned correctly, it is recommended to seek the help of an intervention specialist. The Association of Intervention Specialists, or the AIS, is an excellent resource for this step. It is a large network consisting of intervention specialists all over the United States. Each member must be a licensed mental health professional who has a lot of experience in staging interventions in a family setting.
Another method to find a qualified intervention specialist is to ask any local medical professionals you may know. Doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers will be able to provide recommendations. Or, with the internet at hand, do a search for local addiction treatment facilities and contact them to see what types of services they offer. Some may have intervention resources available as well.
Choosing a Drug Intervention Specialist
Before choosing an intervention specialist, it is important to note that not every one is the same. They can differ in a number of ways, so it’s best to make sure the one you choose is the correct choice for your family. Here are some tips to keep in mind during this step:
- The interventionist should be a certified or licensed mental health professional, for example, an addiction counselor or a psychologist.
- Consider using the AIS to choose an interventionist.
- Set up meetings with more than just one interventionist prior to staging the intervention, in order to get a feel for their particular style and know that your family will be comfortable with it.
- Try not to let cost be a deciding factor—the most expensive interventionists are not always the best, and vice versa.
- Make sure the interventionist has experience staging interventions, and don’t be afraid to ask about that previous experience.
The intervention specialist you choose will help your family understand addiction as well as plan and stage a successful intervention. For further questions and advice, contact Hired Power today at 800-910-9299.